The Alberta RCMP Major Crimes Unit has taken over the investigation of an attempted robbery in Edson, Alta., that left a store’s employee dead.
According to police, members of the Edson RCMP detachment were called about a shooting at a business on 50 Street just before 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.
“An unknown male suspect entered a business with a firearm and attempted to rob the business,” the RCMP said in a news release issued Friday. “During the interaction, the suspect discharged the firearm and injured an employee.
“The suspect who was unsuccessful in the robbery attempt fled the business — leaving the firearm behind — and departed in a vehicle. The suspect vehicle was located a short distance away, unoccupied.”
Police have not provided any further details about the suspect.
Police said the man who was shot while working in the store sustained critical injuries and was rushed to hospital where he later died.
An autopsy is expected to take place next week.
The RCMP said anyone with information that could help with their investigation is asked to call the Edson RCMP detachment at 780-723-8822 or their local police department. Tips can also be anonymously submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by contacting them online at http://www.P3Tips.com.
On Friday afternoon, Edson’s mayor issued a statement about the shooting on social media.
“Our community is deeply saddened by the events that occurred Thursday afternoon,” Kevin Zahara posted on Facebook. “We offer our sincerest condolences to the family who are dealing with unbelievable grief following this tragic event.
“In true Edson fashion, I know our community will rally around them and provide support any way we can. We also offer our thoughts and prayers to the business owner, colleagues and friends.
“We ask that anyone with information that may assist in the investigation to contact the RCMP immediately.”
Edson is located about 200 kilometres west of Edmonton.